The Habibie Center - ‘Regional Preventive Diplomacy: The Role of ASEAN in Managing Tensions in the Wider Asia-Pacific Region’
February 3, 2014
On 28 January, 2014, The Habibie Center under its ASEAN Studies Program held a dialogue entitled ‘Talking ASEAN on ‘Regional Preventive Diplomacy: The Role of ASEAN in Managing Tensions in the Wider Asia-Pacific Region’. The objectives of the Talking ASEAN dialogue among many others were to review the current state of affairs in the wider East Asian and Asia-Pacific region in terms of the increasing tensions and disputes found and the potential implications on ASEAN.
Representing the Government of Japan, Ms Takako Ito Minister-Counsellor, Chargé d’Affaires of Mission of Japan to ASEAN, participated in the dialogue. Other participants were H.E. Mr Makarim Wibisono, Former Executive-Director of ASEAN Foundation, Mr Rene Pattiradjawane, Chairman of Centre for Chinese Studies Foundation, and Ms Connie Rahakundini Bakrie, Executive Director of Institute of Defence and Security Studies. Ms Rahimah Abdulrahim, Executive Director of The Habibie Center was the moderator.
Ms Ito made her presentation explaining such issues as global security environment and challenges, security environment in the Asia Pacific region, Senkaku Islands, Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), Japan’s security Policy and the Cabinet Decision of National Security Strategy. Other speakers made their respective and specific presentations concerning ASEAN Political-Security Community, cooperation in regionalism, as well as peace and security with Chinese characteristic.
The dialogue was followed by lively Question and Answers session between the speakers and the audience.